Few Words Field Find: 1957 Studebaker President


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In restorable condition.” That’s all the seller has to say about this 1957 Studebaker President! It’s located in Billings, Montana and is listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding is starting at only $200. While it looks pretty rough at first glance, there are parts of the car that don’t look bad at all.


Looking the car over in the pictures, it’s pretty complete (minus the left side tail light lens) and most of it looks straight. While there is a good amount of surface rust, for example the entire hood, if you like that “P-word” look maybe that’s up your alley anyway. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of rust-through, and I’m hoping that the rocker panels are the same, since we don’t get a good shot of those in the limited pictures.


This is probably the best shot of the rockers, and it doesn’t look bad at all, although the “Studebaker rust line” is evident in the rear of the front fender.


Here’s what Studebaker had to say — “High-fashion luxury that lives up to its classic name.” It sure does look flashy in this ad layout, doesn’t it? On the other hand, I found what might even be the same car that was sold at auction ten years ago for $85 (plus an $8.50 buyer’s premium). That one was in South Dakota, not a huge distance from this car.


While we can’t tell everything from this single interior picture, we can tell that the car is an automatic, and that at least part of the floor is there. The amount of dirt on the inside isn’t encouraging, though. It’s clear the car has been in the elements for a while.


If this is indeed the original engine, this is a 289 cubic inch V8 making around 210 horsepower. The unusual air cleaner housing is missing, or at least unaccounted for. There’s something about this car that makes me want to spend some afternoons making it run–you could say it’s calling me. Is it calling you?

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  1. Ed P

    For a ‘field find’ this Stude has less rust than I would expect. I like the styling of Studebakers in this era. The cyclops speedo is not to my liking, but I’ll make do. I would be looking for hidden rust, but this does look like it has potential.

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  2. Vince Habel

    Short whneelbase President. Carb is not right for this year of engine.

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    • WayneMember

      Carb looks correct. Stromberg WW backdraft 2bbl.

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    • StudeDave '57

      If it wasn’t ordered with a four barrel- that actually IS the right one.

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  3. Michael RogersMember

    What would it cost to ship to California? I need an engine for my 58 Golden Hawk

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  4. Rick

    See now the bathroom scale speedo is my fave feature on this model Stude. A 4dr only goes for around $2K max in mint condition, so at $200 this one fully priced . . .

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    • StudeDave '57

      Uhhhh- no.
      Another ’57 President, albeit a ‘Classic’ on the longer wheelbase, sold on eBay just last week for over $5K.

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  5. David Frank davidMember

    Here is one in Packard trim.

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    • StudeDave '57

      That’s a ’58…

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  6. RON

    if it weren’t o far away it would be n my garage at that price. oh and Rick I don’t know where you live but I wll buy all you can put me own in mint condition for 2 grand especially Presidents

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